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Chinese 'underground' priest arrested: a bid to stop Marian pilgrimages?

May 27, 2015

A priest of China’s “underground” Catholic Church was arrested on May 7 and remains missing, the AsiaNews service reports.

Father Liu Honggeng was taken from his post at a Marian shrine in Baoding because government officials want to “prevent pilgrimages to his church,” a local Catholic told AsiaNews. The priest was preparing the shrine for May, a month traditionally devoted to Marian pilgrimages.

Father Liu Honggeng has already spent eight years in prison, after refusing to join the government-sponsored Catholic Patriotic Association.

 


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  • Posted by: - May. 31, 2015 10:13 PM ET USA

    It is tragic that Western democracies don't and/or won't protest China's imprisonment of Catholics who are loyal to the Vatican. What are they really afraid of?